Witch Hunt Spiced Harvest Ale
BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

Witch Hunt Spiced Harvest AleWitch Hunt Spiced Harvest Ale
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Brown Ale - American
3.33 | pDev: 15.92%
BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Witch Hunt Spiced Harvest AleWitch Hunt Spiced Harvest Ale
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

1.58/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

There are a lot of bad Bridgeport brews and people are far too generous with ratings in general.
I find they never use the full spread of ratings, which means to me they'd drink anything.

I use a straight scale for smell, taste, feel, and overall as follows:
4.5-5 I would trade for this and pay a shipping premium to get it again
4-4.5 I would not pay a premium but would buy in a grocery or specialty store
3-4 I would not buy again except for in a restaurant where it were the best or most original option
2-3 Consider it at a restaurant or bar where it's equally average compared to the most trite thing we see everywhere
1-2 I would politely choke it down at a party or gathering and not totally hate it
0-1Hide or abandon at a party or straight up pour it out at home

May 02, 2019
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Bookseeb from Washington

2.99/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is a hazy brown supporting a thin dissipating head leaving. Smell and taste has the pumpkin spice, but don't know if there is any real pumpkin in there with a good dose of hops. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Seems to be more like a spice harvest IPA.

Nov 20, 2013
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mschind from California

2.7/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Somewhat murky copper color with a very small head.

S-Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and what seemed like orange peel. A bit too strong to be balanced. No discernible hops.

T-Bitter up front but I can't tell if it is from bittering hops or an overdose of spice. It quickly resolves to a medicinal twang leaving a strange aftertaste.

M-Nothing remarkable, ok for the style with appropriate carbonation.

O-Poor mix of spices plus the upfront bitterness had me ready to pour this out. It did not improve as time went on.

Nov 09, 2013
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ExaltedNecrosis from Texas

3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into goblet.

A - Dark burnt orange, very cloudy, with a finger of creamy light brown head.

S - Sweet aroma with a good amount of cinnamon spice and toasted bread.

T - Lots of caramel and cinnamon, along with a bit of nutmeg, toasted bread, and allspice. It's fairly well balanced, more sweet than bitter.

M - Thin-to-moderate body, somewhat sticky but creamy, with low-to-moderate carbonation. It's more easy-drinking than I expected it would be.

O - When I bought this I was under the impression it was a pumpkin/spiced beer, but I think it works well without pumpkin. The caramel and cinnamon mesh well together, and it's definitely a good easy beer for the fall.

Nov 05, 2013
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NOLTERN from Oregon

2.03/5  rDev -39%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I made the mistake of buying a 6 pack of this wretched witch's brew instead of a single bottle. I don't know what led me to believe this would be good enough to drink six of them. This is almost a pumpkin beer, but is too lazy and thin to be a good pumpkin beer, so it is just a "spiced harvest ale".

This beer pours a clear, amber color with minimal head lacing.

The smell is a mixture of tecate and bad spice pairings.

The taste is similar to the smell, and the mouthfeel is very thin and is finished with an unsavory bitter aftertaste.

Overall, this is a watery offering of a foul mixture of spice and misfortune, perfect for the halloween season as a trick, but definately not as a treat.

Nov 04, 2013
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freneticamnesic from Netherlands

3.89/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep, dark amber with a thick tan head. Really nice looking beer

S - Roasted malts, honey, maybe some apples

T - Roasted, but sweet malts with a bit of nutmeg, flowing into herby bitter hops and sour apples that linger on the tongue. Bottles says there's cinnamon flavours as well, but I'm not really picking up on that one.

M - Smooth, lightly bubbly

O - Nice autumn beer, with the roast and caramel flavours, apples, and spices. I feel like it pretty decently embodies the name of spiced harvest ale. I wish the spices came through a bit better, and maybe the sourness toned down a bit. But overall I enjoyed it.

Oct 31, 2013
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Slippinghalo from California

3.06/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance - Auburn in color. One finger-width head and the retention was good.

Smell - Has a nice cinnamon/nutmeg smell upfront with caramel malts.

Taste - The malts did not really shine through the way I expected, and there was the bitterness from the hops at the end (not bad). I don't feel that the spices mixed well with the bitterness.

Mouthfeel - It was kind of thin, and again, not bad, but it could have been thicker with more of a full mouthfeel.

Overall - I liked the beer, but I don't believe I would search for it to purchase again.

Oct 17, 2013
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I like this one, more of an amber I would say than a brown, as the color and malt bill indicate to me. I like the spice profile here, and I think it fits in well with the season when you need a break from the pumpkin beers. the pours a dark copper color with an inch of slowly dying off white head. I smell cinnamon for sure, and maybe a touch of toasted bread. the flavor has quite a bit of sweetness on the back end, but is also hopped rather aggressively compared to other spice beers ive encountered. the pungent bitterness offsets some of the vanilla sweetness and red malt caramel notes from the grain and spice. very brightly carbonated and oddly dry in the finish, I like the feel of this quite a bit. definitely an underrated brew on here, I think is fills a nice niche in the fall beer spectrum.

Oct 04, 2013
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Fatehunter from Oregon

2.77/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured half a finger of head on a clear, copper colored body.
The aroma is lemon with some light Autumn spice. Not bad.
The taste is initially okay; nutty and malty. Then it quickly turns to the "harvest spice" which sent the rest of the structure head over heels down the hill into the lake.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Not enjoyable. Disjointed and lost.

Sep 11, 2013
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soju6 from Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a dark amber color, clear with a modest head but has some decent lacing.

S: Aroma of malt, caramel, spices and bit of fruit.

T: Taste is malty with caramel sweetness, spices and bit of fruit in the background.

F: Mild bitterness and a slightly sticky finish. Fairly light body, smooth but doesn’t have that bit of pop I like in a seasonal Harvest Ale.

O: Nice beer but I expecting a bit more.

Sep 07, 2013
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Megahertz from Missouri

3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 vintage dated 3-AUG-13 into a Hoffman House chalice. Fresh beer!

A - Very clear dark ruby to light brown with a moderate tan head. Carbonation appears mild. Very pretty, but would appreciate a creamier head. No lacing to speak of in my beer-clean glass.

S - Very mild allspice-like aroma. Could use more hop oomph. Spices are just right.

T - Now we're talking. Initially sweat and bready with a honey like mid, quickly transitions into very firm, piney green bitterness. Very dry finish with lingering resiny hops. Mild autumn spice throughout - subtle.

M - Heavy body with enough carbonation to cut through... barely. Very good.

O - Looking at prior reviews, it is clear to me that this vintage is vastly hoppier than prior years. This is an India Brown Ale with a hint of autumn spice. My favorite fall selection of 2013, so far. Quite a surprise!

Aug 14, 2013
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mfnmbvp from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, no apparent bottled on date present. I did enjoy a number of these last autumn when the Halloween fever was on me, and the beer was probably fresh, but I found more of this on the mix a six pack shelf at the local beer store, so I grabbed one to review.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - An overly aggressive pour on my behalf yields about three fingers of doughy fluffy tan head on top of a beautiful bright blood orange colored body; almost verging on chestnut. Scattered, fluffy lacing.

S - Smell is of sweet green apple skins, and some caramelized malt presence. Some cola-like carbonation & aroma drifting out of this one also. Perhaps some faded spice cabinet smell, but it is unclear what kind of smell it is. No cinnamon or nutmeg detectable.

T - Again, more sweet caramel malts, green apple skin sweetness, and faded hops. No real cinnamon or nutmeg flavor that I am able to detect. Faint metallic / coppery aftertaste. A light, balanced, easy-drinking bodied beer. Not so much a spiced ale, as it is a tame, lightly hopped red ale, or a brown ale as it is listed on BeerAdvocate. Highly enjoyable and palatable, nonetheless.

M - Feel is fruity, sugary, sticky, sweet, with a dry finish.

Overall, this is a beer I really enjoy. Although, it is definitely more malt-forward and hoppy than it is a cinnamon & nutmeg spiced beer. Still, of the four beers I have had from Bridgeport so far, they have all impressed me, and I am looking forward to many more. And the Bridgeport Witch Hunt will definitely be a Halloween mainstay in my fridge.

Bridgeport Witch Hunt Spiced Harvest Ale ---4/5.

Apr 25, 2013
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

2.51/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Some day, I'm gonna pair this beer with a viewing of The Crucible... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear orange-amber topped by a solid finger of light cream froth. The nose comprises iceberg lettuce, very light orange rind, light cinnamon, and a touch of what I believe to be jasmine (if I remember my scented candles and potpourri well enough). The taste holds notes of jasmine-y (or whatever that is) soap, light orange rind, a pinch of clove, a half-pinch of cinnamon, and straight potato root (just let the eyes grow out in a fit of grotesque horticultural artistry). Wow, this stuff really doesn't taste very good at all... The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a pretty damn sad beer, one that proclaims its spiciness yet delivers nothing close. This must be a politician's recipe...

Nov 13, 2012
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BeerFMAndy from Wisconsin

3.94/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
5.8% ABV, no date.

A - Like a crisp autumn afternoon, the beer pours a clear burnt sienna color with a towering plume of light beige foam. Gnarled branches of lace wrap around the glass creating a picturesque scene to behold.

S - Witch Hunt, contrary to, say, witch capture, does not smell like smoke or burning flesh. Instead, this Halloween-themed beer suggests a familiar aroma from this time of year; pumpkin brew! With it's spiced aroma of nutmeg and cinnamon this brown ale is smooth and simply malted with sweet Munich and caramel with crisp Vienna toast finish. No hops can be found here but the beer does end on an oddly sterile note.

T - The cauldron of flavor melds together nicely as the sweet malt features layers of caramel, bread, toast, and tootsie rolls counteracted by nutmeg and cinnamon spice. Earthy hops which steer clear of the nose insert faint wood and dried leaf characteristics on the finish.

M - From start to finish Witch Hunt is smooth like a broom ride without turbulence. Sweet malt lingers on the tongue but not without some balance. While void of bitterness a dry, spiced finish cuts the sweetness down a notch.

O - I wonder if the brewers cast a spell on this beer as they boiled the wort; a spell of deliciousness! Suggestions of the season's pumpkin-brewed beers enter the mind, but the beer doesn't feel incomplete. Instead, the spice nicely plays off the sweet malt for a drinkable harvest ale that stands out from the crowd without being green. Or burned at the stake.

Oct 30, 2012
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StaveHooks from Oklahoma

3.74/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark amber with a fleeting head. Average lacing.

S - Sweet caramel malt, yeasty spice bead, some ginger, mushy apples, very bready.

T - Spicy hops upfront with underlying caramel malt backbone, some apple, getting a good amount of nutmeg but the cinnamon is faint. The middle is dry and spicy. Bitter pecans come out on the finish making it pretty dry.

M - Medium wet body that does a 180 in the middle turning very dry. Lower carbonation.

It's pretty spicy but it's a spiced beer. It's not a watered down afterthought like most of it's kind. The nose tells a sweeter story than the flavor for sure. This would be a great beer around the holidays.

Oct 26, 2012
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Hopswagger from South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P:  Burnt orange amber body with thin off white head thats quick fading.  Thin wet lacing. 

S:  Sweet sugary pecan pound cake, roasted caramel, citrus fruits, plums, clove, black pepper, melon, apples and nutmeg. 

T/M:  Roasty malts, juicy orchard fruits, nutmeg, cinnamon apples, orange oil and dark breads.  Spicy medium body that finishes smooth with apple peel bitters and herbs. 

O:  Anyone up for a witch hunt?  You should be. This is a great fall beer that has aggressive carbonation on an almost creamy body. Great flavors that are well balanced and the alcohol is not overpowering like some fall offerings. 

Oct 17, 2012
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours ornge with 2+ fingers of tan head. Great lacng & head retention

S: Cinnamon & all-spice, some apple skin

T: Follows the nose, some herbal bitterness as well. Some pear notes as this warms more spices, some golden delicious apple. Finishes with some orchard fruit, some cinnnamon & herbal hop bitterness, mostly an apple pie taste

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation

This really didn't impress me, not the worst I've ever had, but I will never buy this again

Oct 16, 2012
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.72/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery orange amber. Half finger fine off white head with good retention and lacing. Pleasant aroma of bready malt and seasonal spicing, mostly cinnamon and nutmeg. Flavor follows aroma, with bready malt with distinct nutmeg and cinnamon, somewhat earthy. Finishes with a light hops and some bitterness from the spices. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess. A decent spiced ale, but the malt body does not quite support the spices in the finish. I would try this again as a seasonal.

Oct 15, 2012
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Cyberkedi from Georgia

3.41/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Malty, woody aroma has a hint of nutmeg, no surprise. Pours a clear, dark coppery with a thick and fluffy wheaten head. Flavor has a woody core and malty, earthy and cinnamon hints. Not strong, but OK, rather fall-like. Mouth feel has decent body and fizz. If not the best fall beer, worthy of at least a try.

Oct 12, 2012
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, pours a light brown, with a thin beige head that leaves no lacing on the glass. Aromas are malty and sweet, bready, spicy with cinnamon & nutmeg. Lots of cinnamon loads the flavor if this beer and it actually provides a nice bit of heat on the finish, some nutmeg is present, the ale comes across gingerbready, and sweet. Maybe some herbal hops in there on the spicy finish. Body is thinner and lower on the carbonation, but not overly. Overall, the spiced fall ales are not my favorite, but this one was a pleasant surprise. Nice balance of flavors and I liked the heat that the cinnamon provides to add another element to the profile.

Oct 12, 2012
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

2.55/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a amber-hued body with top-notch clarity topped with an inch of lightly bubbly, slightly beige suds.

Smell: A little hint of caramel, but with no implied sweetness. Tossed spices, a little bit of hops. Even at this early stage, you're left wondering if this is really what they were going for.

Taste: Middling, unappealing malts with a faint, low level of sweetness. Piney quality adhered to the heady spices and bitterness. Spicy finish with no more than a vague touch of malts ever showing.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Very one note, and a bad note at that. I struggled to even get halfway through the twelve ounces. Is this what they were going for?!

Oct 07, 2012
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DelMontiac from Oklahoma

3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sitting outside in 62F...12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint Crown and Rose pub glass by a good friend at a tasting session while listening to live recordings of SRV. Nice.

Witch Hunt pours a really nice slightly hazed burnt orange with a single finger of white dense foam. Scant lace noted.

Aromas from Witch Hunt are not pronounced, but evident. Some allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, maple, and wet hay.

Great fall flavors here - gingerbread, cinnamon, pecans, caramel, molasses, and something that I must say is close to pumpkin, but not quite.

Nice medium body and fresh carbonation. Well balanced from top to bottom.

Witch Hunt is a real drinker. Something to help us recover from the hot bone dry summer this year.

Oct 05, 2012
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alexrichman from Oregon

3.81/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just wanted to post a quick review and a few impressions about this beer. I spotted this 6-pack and the Hawthorne St. Fred Meyers in PDX. I'm not a huge fan of Bridgeport but something about this one caught my eyes. I'm also not usually the biggest fan of spiced beers. A lot of times I feel like the spices can really dominate the flavor, which can be nice at times, but not something I'd want to drink most days. Witch Hunt says it's spiced, but I suspect they used very minimal amounts of spice. You can certainly taste the spices, but mostly in the finish. I really like this. I feel like Witch Hunt has struck a really nice balance, having the spices take the back seat to a pretty good ale. Here's a quick review.

A> Witch Hunt pours a burnt straw color with hints of gold and red. It's very clear, I guess this one doesn't do a second fermentation in the bottle like some Bridgeport brews. The beer had a small head but decent retention both on the top surface and the glass. It's a decent looking brew, but nothing really stands out.

S> What smell? The aroma of this beer is pretty subdued. I was able to smell the faintest whiffs of malts, spice, and hop but only after trying pretty hard. I can't rate this too low, because it doesn't smell offensive like some beers. Let's just say the aroma is a bit underwhelming.

T> Okay, this is the highlight of Witch Hunt for me. I just really dig the flavor of this beer. The malt has hints of sweet caramel but also seems a little sour like a stout. The hops are a little cheesy but somehow work perfectly with the slightly sour malt. The spices come through on the finish and instead of dominating the flavor profile they just meld with everything. I really like the slight hint of nutmeg that Witch Hunt finishes with. This beer is just flat out tasty but also complex. Just writing about makes me want to crack open another one.

M> Good mouth feel. Fairly carbonated, but it works and keeps all the flavors lively. Smooth but not thin in any way. Really enjoyable although it does finish a bit on the dry side.

O> Witch Hunt really impressed me. I usually don't like Bridgeport beers. I usually don't like spiced beers. Yet somehow I'm really enjoying Witch Hunt - it's a delicious beer with nice complexity and I'd say give it a shot. This is a wonderful beer to transition into the darker and more complex beers that the winter brings and I'm very happy I bought this 6'er on a whim.

Sep 28, 2012
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JuicesFlowing from Kansas

4.15/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Look: A hazy, almost unfiltered burnt amber, slight mahogany hue. Foamy cream colored head that recedes to chunky groups of bubbles. Pretty good lacing coats the glass.

Aroma: Bitter hops give way to spices -- cinnamon and nutmeg mostly.

Taste: Before you can really wade into it, a bitter hop note coats the taste buds. After that, the beer softens up a bit with a warmer cinnamon and nutmeg spice profile. There's also a faint malt undertone giving more balance toward the end.

Mouthfeel: Sharp and dry.

Overall, I'd like this more in October than September, because it really feels like a pumpkin type of brew, but I think it's really good. It's got a nice warm spicy bite to it.

Sep 16, 2012
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alk3kenny from Georgia

3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours nice looks good from the growler... smells of various spices slightly sweet on the nose. Taste has the same spices, cinnamon, nutmeg tastes pretty good. Reminds me of a pumpkin beer but there doesn't really seem to be much if any pumpkin. I like this beer would drink again for sure... Leaves a little bit of that cinnamon dryness on the mouthfeel after the swallow.

Sep 13, 2012
Witch Hunt Spiced Harvest Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
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